Subject 3: Mixed Media Impressionism

“Kyoto Belle Époque”
coloured pencils and oil pastels. 22 x 27 cm. September 2017

Coloured pencils and oil pastels lend themselves to out-of-focus subject matter.   Together you can use them for bold or very subtle mark-making.  Indeed, you can make entirely blurry (or soft focus) drawings.

"Composition II"

“Composition II”290 x 310 mm, 2012

A soft-focus drawing becomes an abstract composition.  One can concentrate on composition; balance, colours and shapes without being bogged down by detail.  There is a lot of room for interpretation in this sort of drawing as the less detail there is in a source photo, the more opportunity there is to use one’s imagination.  There are no hard and fast lines to follow and no absolute borders.  You could say it is a kind of impressionism, made with coloured pencils mixed with oil pastels.

Below are some recent soft-focus or “mixed media impressionism” drawings.   Because these drawings have elements of abstraction and realism, I call the style Abstract Realism.

"Fascination"

“Fascination”

Ephemeron

“Ephemeron”

"Somewhere"

“Somewhere”

"Alone in the Upper Marais" 2016

“Alone in the Upper Marais”

Soft-focus drawings from 2017…

"Good Morning Paris" January 2017

“Good Morning Paris”
January 2017

"Just a Moment" January 2017

“Just a Moment”
January 2017

“The Elegant 4th”
April 2017

“Daydream”
2017

“Irresistible Blanche”
October 2017

“Night Moves”  April 2018

In some drawings most of the area is treated in an impressionist way with just the closest subject in sharp focus.  I like the contrast of these two states.

Tall Poppy
December 2017

“City Slicker”
November 2017
(Jaures, Paris)

Time and Space

Drawings from 2018…

Day Trip to Giverny

Walking with Claude

Oil pastels and coloured pencils make up my mixed media…

To understand my technique, see the post Brush and Pencil.

See “My Art Materials” page for more information.

 

10 Responses to Subject 3: Mixed Media Impressionism

  1. Spectacular work. And I think your failure is very compelling.

    • Ha – thanks – your comment about my failure made me smile. The maiko, Kotomi, was compelling though my drawing didn’t do her justice. However I drew her five other times and all the other ones worked out. What a pity she quit being a maiko as she was quite spectacular.

  2. I love your work, and appreciate the tips. I love working in CP, too, but right now I’m mostly playing with my watercolors. I would love to try some mixed media pieces! I discovered your blog through the CP site on FB! 🙂

  3. Beautiful work. Very inspiring. Thank you

  4. I like this blog (Subject 3: Coloured Pencil Impressionism),it is helpful for me.Thank you Julie Podstolski!

  5. Janet says:

    I found your work in an old Australian Artist magazine and checked out your site. I did enjoy the combined oil pastel and pencil instructions and will be having a go shortly. I belong to a community based art group in West Auckland, N.Z. and if I can get the hang of it we just might have a little session on it. Most are keen to have a go at something new and get out of their comfort zone. I am from Perth, live in N.Z. and when I get back I will pop in to your gallery. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and skill of a lifetime.

    • Hi Janet, how lovely to meet you! When do you think you’ll be visiting Perth again? Because I’d love to meet up for coffee. I live in South Fremantle. I would be very happy to show you my studio. I doubt I will have any work in a gallery until September when the next solo show “Remember Paris” will be up – from 7th to 23rd. I’ll be in NZ next month but only in the South Island. Thanks so much for getting in touch. If your group does try this oil pastel + pencil and you have questions, please ask. All the best!!

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